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at the international space station in record time. new digital steering technology enabled the unpiling craft to complete the journey from earth in just six hours. >> it is to take two days -- imagine that. the vessel was carrying almost 3 tons of supplies including fuel, scientific equipment, and a culinary specialty -- smoked sausages with cheese and garlic at the special request of the station's three russian crew members. >> sounds like they had a feast. >> we have to take a short break. back in a minute. stay tuned. >> welcome back. u.s. president barack obama will deliver the annual state of the union address in just a few hours in washington. he will set out his plans for a second term in office. >> north korea's nuclear plant is likely to top his plan of foreign policy issues, but domestically, he also has a host of policies to address from immigration to climate change to gun legislation. >> note issue will get as much attention as the economy. unemployment is still high and almost 8%, and while there have been some encouraging signs of recovery, many americans are still struggling t
of aluminum. honda officials unveiled the sample made with the technology. they say one key is the way the two metals are folded. the technique also relies on special adhesives. the resulting plate is lighter than steel and cheaper than products made just with aluminum. company representatives say the new method can be used on parts such as door panels and a car's trunk. that would shave around 20 kilograms off a vehicle's weight. honda plans to use the technology in a new model set to go on sale in the united states next month. honda isn't the only carmaker that's trying to make lighter cars. others both in japan and overseas are also pursuing the same goal. last year, japan's suzuki motor rolled out a mini car that's about 70 kilograms lighter than the previous model. suzuki reduced the use of regular steel and instead employed high tensile strength steel for the body of the new model. bmw plans to release an electric car and other models in japan next year. they use carbon fiber for much of their bodies. carbon fiber is lighter than steel. experts say the key to winning the race to produce
for renewable energy know-how and technology from partners such as japan. nhk world, thailand. >>> pakistan's auto market has long been dominated by companies from japan. the strong brand image and established sales networks have kept rivals firmly in the rear-view mirror. but now an ambitious newcomer is starting to close the gap. we report from islamabad. >> reporter: on the chaotic streets of pakistan one thing has been constant -- old or new, most vehicles here are japanese brands. pakistani loves japanese cars. so much so that nearly 100% of automobiles traded in the domestic market are japanese. some vehicles are even decorated with the names of japanese companies. most drivers don't read japanese. but that's not the point. the decorations look cool. >> translator: you can show off your car is a japanese car. and it looks cool with stickers on. >> reporter: but domination of japanese brands is under threat. this model show took place in the southern city of karachi last month. most exhibitors were the familiar names from japan. but this year, for the first time, they shared the space
't limited to buying technology from overseas. last april, they successfully tested the long range ballistic missile capable of reaching most parts of asia. and just last month, it announced it developed an underwater ballistic missile. india has drawn interest for arms and aerospace industries around the world. abhishek dhulia, nhk world, new delhi. >>> people in japan have spent nearly two years documenting the aftermath of the erik and tsunami that change sod many lives. one woman turned her notes from march 11, 2011, and the days after, into mangi, or an illustrate story. she hopes it will help people in her country and abroad better prepare for disaster. nhk world shows us her story of survival in the latest installment of "the road ahead." >> reporter: this woman spent a long time wondering how her children would deal with the disaster and its aftermath. >> translator: i used manga because i wanted to share it in a form that let me be not so direct showing the sad, painful and scary things. >> reporter: she took photos and notes on the day and during the days that followed. they were c
and technology in place. uranium ore mines. this facility reprocesses uranium. iran is planning to install even more powerful centrifuges allowing it to enrich uranium to up to 20%. the fuel could be used for fuel rods, but it could also be a step towards producing a nuclear weapon. the israeli prime minister is alarmed. while u.s. president barack obama continues to push for sanctions and talks, netanyahu has threatened a direct military strike against iran's nuclear facilities. >> the most recent step and the announcement that the centrifuges are being modernized is a further escalation for israel. to a certain extent, it confirms the view of those who see iran as the most dangerous actor in the region. >> iran's spiritual leader recently reiterated his opposition to direct talks with the u.s. tehran has said it is open to talks with the international community under certain conditions, but it barred nuclear inspectors from accessing its facilities. the international atomic energy agency also still hopes diplomacy will work with the next attempt taking negotiators to kazakhstan later this mon
are now being catalogued and traced, but there is no technology at the moment to really stop them from hitting the earth. >> thank you very much. >> all right, back down to earth now and on to other news. track and field superstar oscar pistorius says he is not guilty of murder. >> the south african runner appeared in court today when he was officially charged with shooting his " friend said. he will remain in custody until a bail hearing on tuesday. >> oscar pistorius is used to media attention but not of this kind. the world-famous sprinter hit his head under a jacket on his way to the courthouse where a magistrates formally charged him with the murder of his girlfriend. he wept in the dark as the charge was and -- the charge was announced. she was found dead at his home yesterday. south african media are suggesting he shot her four times through a bathroom door. police are still investigating evidence found at the scene. south africa is in shock. there were the darlings of the press. she, a famous model, he and athletic star. and national sporting hero. they've been a couple for abo
. >> for information technology specialists, this supercomputer is a dream come true. it can achieve quadrillions of calculations per second. more than the equivalent of 100,000 personal computers running at once. it is six times faster than its predecessor but uses only 1/6 of the energy. despite its size and power, it is still love the world's fastest supercomputer. developers, however, say they aspire to be sustainable rather than the world's no. 1 -- it is still not the world's fastest supercomputer. >> it is already being put to use in a new research undertaking -- the human brain project. this brings together some of europe's top scientists, including brain specialists, doctors, computer scientists, physicists, and mathematicians. they are trying to use the super computer to simulate the entire human brain from individual cells to large, complex areas of the brain. >> the project is expected to take 10 years. >> the human brain is extremely complex. there are 100 billion neurons, and about the same number of what are known as galena cells, which help the neurons function. we want to map the
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